Miscellaneous Fauquier County, Virginia Obituaries


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Lorne T. Sonley - Agricultural economist
Lorne T. Sonley, 86, of Warrenton, died March 26, 2002, at his home.
Born Nov. 29, 1915, in Manilla, Ontario, he was the son of Edith Mollon and Hilliard R. Sonley.
Mr. Sonley and his wife, Susan, moved to Fauquier County in 1980, where he continued to commute to Washington, D.C., until his retirement from the World Bank.
Mr. Sonley graduated from Guelph University in Ontario with a degree in economics. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and after the war went on to graduate studies in economics at the University of Chicago. He served in various foreign aid efforts with U.S. government agencies and most recently worked with the World Bank as an agricultural economist until his retirement. He spent many years living overseas in connection with his work. He retired to Warrenton and with his wife, Susan, and became a competitive rose grower and organic farmer. They loved fishing and camping in northern Quebec, and have a trophy Northern Pike and Walleye on the wall at home. A lucky trophy size lake trout still swims free somewhere in Quebec.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan Blake Sonley; his son, Thomas Sonley and his wife Margaret and their daughters Rebekah and Sandra, all of Warrenton; his son, Timothy Sonley and his wife Janis and their sons Ben and Jack and daughter Joanna, all of Potomac, Md., and his sister, Millicent Naito of Portland, Ore.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., April 1, at Rectortown United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, Va. 20186.

R.A. ‘Ram’ McClanahan - U. S. Marine
Richard Allen "Ram" McClanahan Jr., 36, of Remington, died March 25, 2002, at his home.
He was born May 28, 1965, in Warrenton.
Ram served in the U.S. Marines from 1983 until 1992, serving honorably in the Persian Gulf War. He was a recipient of many medals for his service and was given an infield promotion to the rank of sergeant for his meritorious and courageous service under fire. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Haymarket Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, Brandon Bruce McClanahan of Las Vegas, Nev.; his mother, Linda Rorrer McClanahan of Remington; his father, Richard A. McClanahan Sr. of Bowie, Md.; his maternal grandmother, Mildred C. Fletcher of Remington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul W. Rorrer and Albert and Virginia McClanahan.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Moser Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Payne will conduct a memorial service conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Moser Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Warrenton Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., P.O. Box 159, Remington, Va. 22734, or to the Remington United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 86, Remington, Va. 22734.

Hazel S. Hall - Warrenton resident
Hazel S. Hall, 64, of Warrenton, died March 22, 2002, at Fauquier Hospital.
She was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Essex County, a daughter of the late Bessie Helen Samuels.
Hazel liked to be considered a paraprofessional and homemaker. She was an active member of the Warrenton Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby D. Hall; a son, Bobby D. Hall II of Warrenton; a daughter, Helen H. Olinger of Bealeton; three sisters, Evelyn Blackley, Henrietta Snellings and Gwendolyn Dickerson, all of Fredericksburg, and a brother, Hurley Samuels of Fredericksburg.
Rev. Jay Lawson held a graveside service March 26 at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1749, Vienna, Va. 22183-1749, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, 100 West Clarendon, Suite 2200, Phoenix, Ariz. 85013.

Nina H. Jones - Freelance writer
Nina Holt Jones, 90, died March 20, 2002, at Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Lewisburg, W.Va., the daughter of Emma McWhorter Holt and Robert Byrne Holt.
She and her husband, who preceded her in death, moved to Warrenton in 1977.
Mrs. Jones became active in a number of local organizations, among them The Hospital Auxiliary, The Fauquier Historical Society, Friends of the Library and The Community Concert Association. She was a freelance writer, sometimes using the pen name Louise Newman. For a time, she wrote a column for The Fauquier Democrat. She was a member of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Jones is survived by a son, local attorney H. Ben Jones Jr., and two grandchildren, Laura Holt Jones and H. Ben Jones III.
Graveside services were held at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg, W.Va., on March 25.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warrenton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 187, Warrenton, Va. 20188.

Daniel L. Robinson - Horse trainer
Daniel Lee Robinson, 58, of Marshall, died March 21, 2002, at Fauquier Hospital.
Mr. Robinson was born at Delaplane on May 25, 1943, son of the late John Henry Bushrod Robinson and Helen Marshall Robinson of Marshall.
Mr. Robinson was a horse trainer for many years.
He is survived by his mother; nine sisters, Susie E. Penic and Lillian R. Stribling of Paris, Va., Helen E. White, Gloria Paige and Linda F. Sonnie, all of Marshall, Shirley C. Marble of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Julia B. Rennick of Winchester, Barbara Tracey of Leesburg and Doris C. McGhee of Upper Marlboro, Md., and two brothers, Walter A. Robinson of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and John H. Robinson of Ossington, N.Y.
The Rev. William Swann conducted the funeral March 26 at the Ashville Baptist Church near Marshall. Interment took place in the Westview Cemetery in Upperville.

Betty J. Reynolds - Active in church
Betty Jean Reynolds, 75, of Culpeper, died March 22, 2002, at her home.
Born May 8, 1926, in Grafton, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Rayman L. and Blanche Smith Brand.
Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Culpeper Women’s Club, the Culpeper United Methodist Church and the Susanne Wesley Circle of the church. She enjoyed flower gardening, playing bridge, reading, bowling and working crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Ray Reynolds of Culpeper; two daughters, Marlene Whittakker of Gainesville, Charlotte Keeley of Jeffersonton and Gayle Ferrell of Warrenton; a son, Bill Reynolds of Fredericksburg; a sister, Madelon Kidwell of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
The Rev. John Crawford III and the Rev. Marvin Cook conducted the funeral March 26 at the Culpeper United Methodist Church. Burial took place in the Culpeper Masonic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. box 1747, Culpeper, Va. 22701.

Henry L. Martin - Fauquier native
Henry Lee Martin, 55, of Triangle, died March 22, 2002, at Northern Virginia Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 18, 1946, in Fauquier County, he was a son of the late Harvey W. and Blanche Virginia Shifflett Martin.
Survivors include two sisters, Frances L. Sneed of Triangle and Mary O. Odom of Aulander, N.C., and three brothers, Franklin Martin of Florida, Thomas E. Martin of Maryland and Jerry Martin of Richmond.
A service took place March 25 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment was at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton.

Richard Burns - Steeplechase jockey

Richard Burns of Chestnut Forks, near Warrenton, died June 1, 2002, at Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Washington, D.C. He was 76.

Mr. Burns was born Nov. 1, 1925.

Mr. Burns served in the Navy during World War II after which he rode steeplechase racehorses owned by Mrs. Marion duPont Scott, trainer for Raymond Woolfe, and later worked for owner-trainer John Maloney. Both his father and brother William were successful steeplechase riders. Later Mr. Burns rode and worked with local hunters for Andrew Bartenstein and Harcourt Lees.

He is survived by two sisters, Margaret B. Curtis of Manassas and Frances Sampson of North Carolina, and two brothers, Samuel Burns of Washington, D.C., and Tommy Burns of Manassas.

He was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Lillie Burns; a brother, William Burns, and a sister, Isabelle Burns.

The Rev. Lemuel Montgomery will conduct the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at Joynes Funeral Home in Warrenton. The family will receive friends for an hour before the service. Burial will take place in the National Cemetery in Culpeper.

Marsyl S. Hammond - Racehorse breeder

Marsyl Stokes Hammond, a breeder of racehorses, died peacefully in her sleep on May 30, 2002, at her home, Liberty Hall, in Culpeper County.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1920 and educated in England, she was the daughter of Sylvanus Stokes Jr. and Margaret Fahnestock Drummond-Wolf. Prior to moving to Culpeper, Mrs. Hammond lived for 20 years at Foxhill Stud near Middleburg.

She was married in Cairo, Egypt, to R. V. C. Montgomerie-Charrington and subsequently married to Ogden Hammond of Palm Beach, Fla. She bred horses both in England and in the United States, and owned such notable mares as Boudella, Orabella and In-Command.

Mrs. Hammond is survived by her son, Robert S. Montgomerie-Charrington, and two grandsons, Russell E. Montgomerie of Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert A. Montgomerie of New York, N.Y., as well as by her stepson, Ogden H. Hammond III of Cape Cod, Mass., and Spencer J. Montgomerie, a great-grandson.

Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Culpeper County Humane Society, 10144 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Va. 22701, or to the Fauquier SPCA, P.O. Box 733, Warrenton, Va. 20188-0733.

Charles Acrey Dodson - Amissville resident
Charles Acrey "PaPa" Dodson, 85, of Amissville, died May 30, 2002, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Rappahannock County to the late George Ernest Dodson and Neva Nicholson Dodson.
Mr. Dodson was a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church in Viewtown.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gladys Wilson Dodson of Amissville; two sons, Charles Dodson of Amissville and Billy Dodson of Culpeper; four daughters, Barbara Settle and Joan Reid, both of Amissville, Rebecca Frazier of Rixeyville and Helen Edwards of Catlett; two brothers, Robert Dodson of Bealeton and Milton Dodson of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters, Mattie Hackley and Florine Smith, both of Amissville; 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Geneva Frances Dodson; one grandchild, Dickie Reid; three brothers, Jack, Eugene and Thomas Dodson, and five sisters, Neta Scott, Nellie Nicholson, Birdie Hackley, Gladys Mozingo and May Settle.
The funeral took place June 4 at Found and Sons Chapel with Rev. Charles Clinedinst officiating.
Interment was in the Amissville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, Va. 22701.

Martha C. Brent - School teacher
Martha Carter Brent, 96, of Warrenton, died June 3, 2002, at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community.
She was born Oct. 22, 1905, in Rectortown, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Hill Carter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence D. Brent Sr.
She was a graduate of William and Mary College and taught primary grades in Fauquier County for 23 years. She was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity at William and Mary. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton and worked as a volunteer of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary in the Thrift Shop for 18 years.
She is survived by a son, L. D. Brent Jr. of Warrenton; three grandchildren, Laura Westerman of Marshall, Holly Hite of Manassas and John Brent of Morgantown, W.Va., and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at Warrenton Cemetery by Rev. Roma Maycock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Gary L. Kemp - Army veteran
Gary L. Kemp, 56, a contracting officer for the Department of Defense, died of a heart attack May 29, 2002, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
He lived in Bealeton with his wife of 12 years, Rosemary, and their two children, Gary Jr. and Kathy. In addition to them survivors include daughter, Yancy Jennings and her son, Kyle Lynch of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Becky Patterson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and her children, Kaemon, Kyra and Malcolm Jr.; four aunts and one uncle, Al and Melba Alviso, Virginia Fulmore, Reba Gillespie, Velma Kemp, and their families.
Mr. Kemp, born Dec. 9, 1945, in Holdenville, Okla., was the only child of the late LaVerne and Vera Kemp.
Mr. Kemp served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army from May 1966 through August 1972, including logistics officer, operations and training staff officer, supply staff officer, administrative officer and flew helicopters in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, as field artillery unit commander. He later served as a contracting officer, at times holding other contracting positions within the Department of Defense, for 20 years.
He studied accounting and business management at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., South Oklahoma City Junior College and Central State University in Edmond, Okla.
He was past master of Del City Masonic Lodge 536 in Del City, Okla.; a member of the Guthrie Scottish Rite in Guthrie, Okla.; India Temple Shrine in Oklahoma City, and the National Sojourners Inc. Mr. Kemp served as vice president of the Tinker Air Force Base Gun Club for two years.
He resided in Bealeton starting in 1994 and was a member of the Warrenton Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and joined the Izaak Walton League of America Inc.
Masonic services were held June 4 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton and a graveside service took place the following day at Culpeper National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Shrine Headquarters, 2900 Rodey Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607-1460.

Julias Johnson Jr. - Navy cook
Julias Johnson Jr., 78, of Portsmouth, died May 26, 2002, at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth.
He was born Oct. 2, 1923.
Mr. Johnson retired after 30 years as a cook in the U.S. Navy. He served 20 years at the Depaul Hospital in Norfolk.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Prince Hall Shriner and member of Arabia Temple 12.
Survivors include his wife, Lewahana Johnson of Portsmouth; two sons, Julias Johnson III of Norfolk and Johnny Johnson of Warrenton; a daughter, Cyneese L. Johnson of Portsmouth; three sisters, Alberta Baker of Cleveland and Louise Williams and Gloria Chapman, both of Natchez, Miss., and three grandchildren.
The Rev. Melvin Boone conducted the funeral June 1 at New First Baptist Church in Portsmouth. Burial took place at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake.

Francis E. Baker - Front Royal resident
Francis Edward Baker, 48, of Front Royal, died May 24, 2002, at Jefferson County Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.
He was born Aug. 15, 1953.
Survivors include his parents, Francis and Georgianna Baker of Front Royal; two daughters, Christal Chavis of Manassas Park and Amanda Chavis of Manassas; two sons, Francis Chavis of Front Royal and Darryl Payne of Warrenton; as sister, Nancy A. Baker of Front Royal; a brother, Perry Baker of Front Royal, and four grandchildren.
The Rev. Lemuel Montgomery conducted a graveside service June 1 at the Mt. Morris Community Cemetery near Hume.

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